Category: 1947-1955Page 2 of 16

Also known as the “Atomic Age” of comics, the post war era of the Golden Age is characterized by a shift away from the superhero into other types of titles in order to meet consumer demand and drive circulation and sales. In their haste to keep circulation up, some publishers pushed the envelope further and further beyond what some considered good taste. (One can imagine, however, the taste of war hardened adult readers after returning from battlefronts might have been edgier than what some might have considered child appropriate). Regardless, hastened by Dr. Fredric Werthham’s book Seduction of the Innocents, the U.S. Congress got involved and the Comic Code Authority, a self-regulating body, was formed in 1954. This along with the explosion of televisions into households across the country ushered in the end of the era.

Gangsters Can’t Win

Famous Gangsters, Gangsters and Gun Molls, Murderous Gangsters, Guns Against Gangsters and Gangsters Can’t Win.  Comic industry presses were churning out more issues of crime comics than Frankie…

Babe Ruth Sports

Known as “The Bambino” and “The Sultan of Swat”, George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. created an incredible and lasting legacy playing in Major League Baseball for 19 years. …

Shocking Mystery Cases

Shocking Mystery Cases was a series from Star Publications.  It was a continuation from Thrilling Crime Cases #49. Shown here is my Shocking Mystery Cases  #58 published April…

Famous Crimes

The headline blared “True Stories of Cold-Blooded Killers!” on the very first issue of Famous Crimes. Fox Feature Syndicate jumped headlong into a rising wave of crime genre popularity with…

Untamed Love

By now (my 220th post) it’s a well worn story.  Golden age comic books emerged from the great depression and superheros boomed during World War II.  Post war,…

Women Outlaws

With a cover title like “True Stories of Famous Western Gun Gals” it was almost assured to draw the attention of both readers and the anti-comic psychiatrist  Fredric…

Down with Crime

Down with Crime #7* was on my want list for a long while.  A few years ago, this was an inexpensive book (if you could find one).  But…

Junior Miss

Junior Miss (at least in its volume #2 Marvel, 1947 series from issues #24 to #34) was a vehicle for  Marvel’s popular gal Cindy.   The “Cindy and boy…

Red Circle Comics

Red Circle comics was published by “Enwil,” a company that operated from 2747 W. Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois. Edwin Hamilton was acting proprietor. The business also operated under…

Lana

Lana Comics #6* (June 1949) was yet another title from publisher Marvel/Timely tied to its large stable of female working gal and teen humor books that included Hedy, Jeanie, Margie,…